Britain’s ‘most violent prisoner’ has been moved to a jail holding the Yorkshire Ripper and Lee Rigby’s killer, it has been claimed.
Charlie Bronson, 65, is one of the country’s most notorious prisoners and has spent the majority of the past four decades imprisoned for a series of violent crimes.
Rod Harrison, the best man at his wedding, said Bronson had been ‘ghosted’ at the weekend to HMP Frankland from HMP Wakefield, where he has been since 2014.
Charlie Bronson, 65, is one of the country’s most notorious prisoners and has spent the majority of the past four decades imprisoned for a series of violent crimes
He wrote online: ‘We have been informed that Charlie has been ghosted out to Frankland.
‘He is well and in good spirits – we don’t know any more info at present.’
George Bamby-Salvador, who claims he is Bronson’s ‘long-lost son’, told the Mirror: ‘There are some horrible pieces of scum [at Frankland]. I don’t think Charlie deserves to be locked up with anyone like that. He’s an old-age pensioner.’
He added: ‘He spends his life locked in a cage like a wild animal. He’s been a model prisoner, [he’s] not done anything wrong for many years now.’
The move means Bronson’s new wife will face a longer trip to visit her husband in jail
The move means Bronson’s new wife, soap actress Paula Williamson, 37, is facing a 200-mile round trip to visit her husband.
This is double the journey she had when she visited him at HMP Wakefield from her home in Stoke-on-Trent.
The pair married in November in the chapel at the Yorkshire prison, before she flew out to Malta with a friend for her honeymoon.
Bronson will now share a prison with some of the country’s most notorious lags, including serial killer Levi Bellfield (left) and Lee Rigby murderer Michael Adebolajo
Bronson will now share a prison with some of the country’s most notorious lags, including Soham murderer Ian Huntley, serial killer Levi Bellfield, Lee Rigby murderer Michael Adebolajo and Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe.
Bellfield was in an adjoining cell to Bronson in segregation at Wakefield Prison, and boasted about how ‘terrorised’ him and wrote in a letter how ‘that little fat leprechaun Charlie Bronson is still perving over young men.’
HMP Frankland is believed to hold ‘bad memories’ for Bronson as he previously took a deputy governor hostage there and has been ‘doing well’ at HMP Wakefield, passing a string of violence reduction courses.
The move means Bronson’s new wife, soap actress Paula Williamson, 37, is facing a 200-mile round trip to visit her new husband
He had also just been granted permission to cook his own food in a ‘private kitchen’ in the segregation unit at HMP Wakefield – and enjoyed making pizzas and tucking into fry-ups.
Bronson, real name Michael Peterson, was first locked up for armed robbery in 1974, but during his time inside he has taken hostages in 10 prison sieges, attacked at least 20 prison officers and caused £500,000 in damage in rooftop protests.
In 1999 he was given a life sentence after taking prison art teacher Phil Danielson hostage at HMP Hull after he criticised one of his drawings.
Bronson, who does 2,000 press-ups a day, tied a skipping rope round the teacher’s neck and led him about ‘like a dog’ while holding a knife and broken bottle to his throat before releasing him after 44 hours.
He now claims to be a ‘changed man’ and has passed a number of violence reduction courses in jail and is appealing against his life sentence.
He has been jailed for most of the last 43 years – 37 of which have been in solitary confinement.
In recent years he has turned his hand to art and changed his surname from Bronson to Salvador in tribute to the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali.
Bosses at the Ministry of Justice today said it did not comment on individual prisoners.
Bronson will now share a prison with Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and Ian Huntley (right)